thread: Ella's Birth

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    leabdea Guest

    Ella's Birth

    My due date was 1st Jan 2005. On 28th Dec I woke up that morning and announced to the family (husband, 7yr daughter and 22 month daughter) that we were going out to wash the car. So we all drove to the car wash and I vaccumed the whole car and husband washed the outside. Then we came home and I put the baby car seat in but couldn't find the extension strap. So off I went to KMart to buy one. I was on a mission. Got that all sorted and was happy that the last thing was organised. That night I practised my relaxation and when I was finished I said, "OK, everything's ready. You can come out now, I'm really looking foward to meeting you and holding you." Went out to the kitchen and ate a mango (about 11.30pm) and then went to sleep.

    At 2.30am I was woken by a contraction. I looked at the clock and waited to see what would happen. 2.35am another one. I woke my husband and said I think I might be in labour, please call my parents (40 mins away) so they could come and look after the girls. While he was on the phone saying to them, "Lea thinks she might be in labour" I had another contraction and said, "This is definitely it, tell them to come right away". My legs were shaking a bit, almost like shivering. When the contractions came I relaxed completely and they felt like a strong sensation but didn't hurt.

    I got up and went into the shower. The warm water felt great. The contractions then went to 2 mins apart but they only lasted about 40 secs. So I got my husband to call the Birth Centre and tell them we were coming in. He then went and put the girls in the car and called my parents and asked them to meet us there. I wanted to get there quickly as my last labour had been short (3 hours) and I wasn't sure if this one would be even quicker.

    Got to the Birth Centre, parents took the girls back home to sleep. The midwife said I had just got the room by 5 mins - phew. Spent some time on the toilet and then walked around the room, stopping when a contraction came to relax and lean on husband. Still no pain but very strong sensation. After a while I lay on my side on the bed to be able to relax more but the contractions slowed down so I got up and walked some more. After a few they got really strong and I thought if I don't lie down they will start to hurt. So I lay down on my left side and concentrated on completely relaxing.

    Don't know how long I was like this. I didn't look at the clock - just kept my eyes closed and focussed on relaxing. After a while I could feel a sensation at my cervix. Yaay, I thought, something is changing. Then I felt like I needed to turn onto my right side since I had been on my left for a while. So I turned over (with husband helping) and after a few contractions I started to hold my breath at the peak of a contraction. I told my husband to call the midwife. She came in and said, "Do we have 5 mins, I need to help someone in the other room." I said yes and she went out.

    Husband helped me up and I got down onto the floor at the foot of the bed where there was a gym mat with a sheet over it. I squatted with my back leaning on the bed and pushed a bit with each contraction (husband kneeling in front of me so I could lean forward when I had a contraction and hold onto his arms). The midwife came back in and sat to the side. I said to her, "It's interesting that I am pushing with the contractions but I don't have that real BM kind of feeling." Then with the next contraction it kicked in and I had the overwhelming urge. I put my chin on my chest and PUSHED. "Oh, there it is."

    Next contraction was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. I pushed hard, went "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAH" and felt her head going down under my pubic bone and then up around it. Her head was now crowning. Midwife told me to breathe her out, so I lifted my head up and just did lots of short breaths and concentrated on not pushing. At some point I put my hand down and felt her head. She came out nice and slowly, husband caught her and put her on the towel in front of me (that's what I had asked him to do, when we were talking about the birth during the pregnancy, because I wanted to have a gentle, unhurried meeting with my little precious baby). So I was overjoyed, touching her and lifted up her leg to see that she was a girl. Born 6:36am 29th December (my FIL's birthday). I gathered her up into my arms and was amazed at her.

    Midwife went to help someone else. Husband went to buy a disposable camera (we had forgotten ours) and I got to spend some nice time just with Ella. They both came back and about 20 mins after she was born the placenta came out. Husband cut the cord and I got up and went back around to get on the bed. Ella latched on and sucked away. Then the other side for a while. I had a shower while she was weighed and measured. We stayed in the Birth Centre for 4 hours and then came home.

    She's such a lovely little thing and she smells SO GOOD.

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    Melody Guest

    Wow! That was so beautiful! I am actually in tears

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    staceyl Guest

    That was such an amazing can be so good to hear such calming birth stories (some I've heard frighten me half to death). And Ella is one of the name's I've chosen if we have a little girl, I absolutely love it.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.


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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Nov 2003

    Wow! What a wonderful birth story! Thank you for sharing it with us.


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    BellyBelly Life Member

    Jul 2004
    House of the crazy cat ladies...

    That is one amazing and beautiful birth story... Thanks for sharing it

    Congratulations!!! =D>

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    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2004

    What an inspiring story. Well done!!


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    layla Guest

    Wow, that sounds like the perfect birth. I want one like that. Congratulations on your little girl Ella, and well done for bringing her into the world in such a beautiful way. :flower:

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    Resident Samsquanch

    Jan 2005
    Down by the ocean

    Wow what a wonderful birth, I would love my next one to be like that.

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    Jackie Guest

    That is such a nice birh story, wouldn't it be wonderfull if every birth could be like that.

    Thanks for sharing

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    kirsty Guest

    Sounds like a really special moment for you, your DH & your baby girl to meet. Thanx for sharing.

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    Breastfeeding mummy extraordinaire

    Sep 2004
    Sydney's Norwest

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing such a positive story. All to often the only stories people write are the horrible and scary ones. I think that it is great for someone to tell of birth in such a fantastic way - not to mention non scary especially for first time mums.

    Ella is a beautiful name, I'm sure that she is bringing you and dyour family every joy posible.

    Take care

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    Ms Lee Guest

    Ditto! A great story =D>

    That is what I'm aiming for this time around [-o< . Just wondering if you took any hypnobirthing/relaxation/yoga classes to be able to be so clam and relaxed? And did you feel any pain or just discomfort?

    Well done and congrats on your healthy little girl.

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    BellyBelly Life Subscriber

    Apr 2004
    Sydney, NSW

    Wow, what an amazing birth story!

    Sounds as though you stayed in control the whole time and ended up getting the experience you wanted.

    COngratulations and thank you so much for sharing.

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    leabdea Guest

    Just wondering if you took any hypnobirthing/relaxation/yoga classes to be able to be so clam and relaxed? And did you feel any pain or just discomfort?
    Yes, I used a 12 week preparation course that teaches how to become very good at relaxation, how to stay healthy and low risk, how to avoid unneccessary pain and how to deal with any pain that is left, how your body works during labour so you can let go and get out of the way and let your body do what it's designed so perfectly to do. It also trains your partner in doula skills so that what you started together you can birth together (an awesome family bonding time). And it helps learn good communication skills with each other and with your birth team, so that you can work together as a team, and make informed decisions in labour.

    I used it for all 3 of my births and for all 3 would describe my contractions as painless. I think some people using this preparation describe no pain, some mild pain and some hard pain but all say it is manageable.

    It has worked so well for me that I am training to teach it.

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    Platinum Member

    Nov 2004

    What a great birth story! I am going to try to learn more about relaxation and breathing techniques before my little girl is born. Thanks for sharing.